Colour Sits Comfortably With Origin
Origin design and manufacture colourful and contemporary chairs for the contract, workplace and educational environments. As a design-led company, Origin develop bold chairs and needed a masterbatch supplier who shared their passion for colour whilst appreciating their requirement to deliver a product that can withstand the demands of everyday life in high traffic environments such as schools and restaurants and still look vibrant and fresh.
Bright Design By Origin
Outlining the company’s ethos, Nick Pearson, Director of Cheshire-based Origin says “We believe that the environments we work and play in affect our mood. With the right selection of colours, spaces can be transformed to stimulate a range of emotions. So from ‘Kids Play’ areas to quirky bars and creative spaces, our ‘sweet shop’ of vibrant coloured chairs can inspire rewarding results just by the way they make people feel and act. Colour really does play a massive part in setting an Origin chair apart from our competitors – it’s something we really can’t compromise on. Eclipse understood this from day one, they just ‘got’ what we’re about and recognised how important colour and quality is to us and to our customers.”
Matching The Spectrum
With Origin’s POP and Lotus chairs adorning prestigious and diverse establishments, including Oxford University, The Tate Liverpool and numerous eateries across the UK and beyond, every chair produced has to meet exacting standards for visual and ergonomic appeal. Some chairs are also destined for outdoor use in distinctly different environments such as the funky outdoor rooftop cinema at The Queen of Hoxton (London). Nick was pleased when Eclipse was able to share some of their technical acumen to minimise the production-related issues associated with their previous supplier’s masterbatch, which had been susceptible to ‘burning’.
“Eclipse were very helpful in supplying a better-quality masterbatch containing superior pigments. Heat degredation issues were resolved and the FASTmatch service matched up to our RAL colour specifications perfectly”
Nick Pearson, Director, Origin Furniture
Nick expanded on Origin’s need for colour consistency by saying “Some environments, such as a canteen or auditorium might need several hundred chairs compacted into one space – they’ve all got to look the same to create the right colour impact. Also customers might call us at a later date for additional chairs to add to an existing set so consistency between subsequent masterbatch is also an important factor.” Eclipse keeps colour plaques for every client to ensure that colours stay true and precise over time, from the first batch produced to the latest.
Working In Partnership
Once the 12 signature Origin colours had been matched, the appropriate combinations added, and the masterbatches produced and delivered to Origin, the working relationship continues with Eclipse offering on-going technical support to ensure their product delivers the best value back to Nick and his business.
“Moving to a new supplier is always going to a bit of a leap of faith, especially when colour is so key to our product, but I felt really confident that Eclipse were the company to take us forward, especially knowing that they could also provide the technical advice and support as well as the masterbatch itself. As well as delivering an outstanding product, they’re also a great company to do business with, offering fantastic after-sales support and friendly advice whenever I need it. Their quick turnaround times are also very handy to fit with the increasing demand for our product that we are experiencing.” says Nick.
Commenting on the relationship with Origin, James Ruddy, Managing Director of Eclipse, says “It’s a real pleasure for us to be working with such an innovative company as Origin who share our passion for translating colour into contemporary statement products that are functional as well as visually appealing.”
To find out more about Origin visit http://www.originfurniture.com/index.html